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DJI_RoninWe’ve had our eye on DJI’s 3-axis gimbal stabilizer, the Ronin, since it made its mark at NAB. It comes with some exciting features not found in other gimbals within the same price range (even in the impressive but expensive MōVI), like its 3 operational modes; “Upright”, “Underslug”, and “Briefcase”. If you thought the Ronin was out of your price range, you might want to jump at the chance to snag it at a seriously discounted price while you can. More »

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LuuvThere are many stabilization options out there for action cameras and smartphones, several of which we’ve covered here. With all of them ranging in price, ergonomics, and technology, but the LUUV stabilizer, created by a team based out of Germany, not only has an interesting design, but can do some pretty cool things for all of you GoPro/smartphone filmmakers. Continue on to find out more about this stabilizer, currently running a campaign on Indiegogo. More »

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VB-1850_FrontHandheld gimbal stabilizers with brushless motors might be all the rage these days, but gimbals themselves have been around in camera support for years. All-mechanical single gimbal designs operated with one hand like the Merlin might be less complicated to set up at first, but they are a bit more difficult to master and operate for longer periods of time. That’s where the Comodo Orbit comes in. It may look unorthodox at first glance, but the twin-grip handheld stabilizer aims to give you the best of both worlds in one package. Check out the stabilizer in action below: More »

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Gimbal GunnerIt only took a few short months for the gimbal stabilization market to be saturated with rigs with varying designs and prices. However, a unique rig has been made available by Dutch filmmaker Georges van Wensveen. The GimbalGunner combines the stabilization technology of a brushless gimbal, but the added comfortable ergonomics of a shoulder rig. Though a bit pricey for many independent filmmakers, van Wensveen’s stabilizer offers something pretty unique and worth checking out. More »

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DIY Pistol GripOf course we’d all love to get our hands on a gimbal stabilizer to steady our shaky images, but most of us don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on things that aren’t — rent or food. If you’re in desperate need for a stabilizing solution, but finding yourself with either a near-empty bank account or zero easy access to a local professional photography retailer, you’re going to have to l get a little creative. Luckily, Chad Bredahl of Krotoflik shares a tutorial that shows you how to build your own DIY pistol grip out of jump rope handles, something that is not only accessible, but won’t cost you more than a few bucks. More »

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Gemini JibSomething as simple as moving your camera will add not only the kinetic energy you may need to keep your work from being boring, but the sophistication you may desire for your professional career as well. The tools we use to do this are often big, heavy, and only serve one purpose, but Digital Juice has announced their light and versatile Gemini Dual-Action Jib, the industry’s “first transformable jib”. Not only can you utilize the Gemini from the back for a number of different crane shots, but you can also move to the front and operate it like a handheld stabilizer. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Oliver Stone World Cup - No Film SchoolYeah we get it. At this point you’re probably sick of hearing about the MōVI, the newish gyro-stabilized camera gimbal from Freefly. Not only is the $15,000 MōVI M10 not the only game in town, but there are plenty of other affordable options we’ve talked about before – including Freefly’s own M5. While it’s not exactly affordable to everyone, for half the weight capacity, the M5 will be 1/3 the cost at $5,000. Current filmmakers in Hollywood are starting to explore what’s possible with these camera rigs. Oliver Stone recently directed a promo for the World Cup, and he and his DP Rodrigo Prieto tried to put the RED EPIC in places they’ve never put a cinema camera before. More »

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Cinevate MorpheusNo, it’s not the famous character from The Matrix played by Laurence Fishburne  – though I’m sure that’s all you’re going to think about now — it’s actually a modular camera stabilizer. Cinevate has been working for a number of years on a small, light, and inexpensive camera stabilizer that can take your GoPro or other small camera and give you smooth-looking footage. The company has launched a Kickstarter for the stabilizer, so check out the launch video below for more on the Cinevate Morpheus: More »

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DimpleSticksMany stabilization rigs offer modification with different modules, attachments, and accessories, but a tool was brought to my attention that not only seemed highly useful, but brought me back to my Lego-ladden childhood, DimpleSticks. Developed by filmmaking gear (including the Fifty Dollar Follow Focus) manufacturer Hondo Garage, this all new connection system can be built around Hondo’s base rigs to erect several different types of stabilization configurations. To get an idea of what DimpleSticks can do, continue on. More »

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Pocket ShotFor all of you DSLR run and gun filmmakers, Edelkrone’s new camera stabilizer might be the solution that you’ve been looking for to shaky camera movement. With a cleverly creative design, the Pocket Shot goes from being a pocket-sized hunk of plastic, to a multi-tool with different stabilizing combinations that are made depending on how you unfold it. Boasting portability and versatility, the Pocket Shot is definitely worth taking a look at. Find out more after the jump. More »

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Steady FeathersWe talk a lot about camera stabilization here at NFS, whether it’s the handheld gimbal or shoulder mount variety. However, one man, known only as “Dave,” has stumbled upon a revolutionary stabilization system that’ll turn the whole filmmaking community on its head. Harnessing the power of the animal kingdom, Dave has created the greatest camera stabilizing system known to man by utilizing the perfect neck stability of the gallus gallus domesticus, known in certain circles as the “domesticated fowl” or the so-called — “chicken.” More »

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Novo Gimbal StabilizerSo far, we’ve seen some pretty incredible products come through IBC, including several handheld gimbal stabilizers. Matt Allard from News Shooter visits the  Varavon, FlowCine, and Novo booths and talks with reps about their stabilizing options, some of which include accommodations for large cameras, interesting designs, and wireless monitors. Check out the videos for more information after the jump. More »

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Burton Snowboard MōVI 3-Axis Gimbal Camera StabilizerGyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbals have become all the rage since NAB, with at least a half-dozen companies introducing their own version of the MōVI stabilizer from Freefly (and more everyday jumping on the bandwagon). Not all of these devices are created equal. Even though some of the parts may be relatively inexpensive, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to make them work fluidly, as the programming is a huge part of the performance. Burton Snowboards recently made a one shot promo for an upcoming web series that shows you some of the amazing things that are possible with these devices — like the ability to smoothly hand the camera off to different operators. Check out the video below, including a behind the scenes look at the process: More »

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EasyGimbalCreatives involved in extreme action filmmaking are typically using GoPros in order to get those much desired POV and other seldom-seen shots. The drawback to using such a compact and lightweight camera, however, is stabilizing the shots you get, which means finding a stabilizer that will give you a really smooth image. Currently on Kickstarter, the EasyGimbal, designed exclusively for the GoPro 3, offers a lot in terms of affordability and style for being a 3-axis handheld camera stabilizer, but how steady can it keep your shots? Decide for yourself after the jump. More »

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V BagHow many times have you used books, pillows, your own shirt, or any variation of a makeshift rig to prop up and steady your camera? I’m assuming the answer is “a bunch of times.” I recently came across this nifty tool called the VBag, which is a vacuum bag that hardens when air is released, allowing you to firmly mount your DSLR camera, freeing you up to get certain shots that would be difficult to get using a tripod or stabilizing rig. Essentially, this thing can be mounted on pretty much anything, as well as mount a vast range of cameras — for a price. Check out the video by Film Riot after the jump and see what the VBag is all about. More »

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Rhino RigLately we’ve been hearing a lot about gyro-stabilizers, but the team over at Rhino, who brought you the Rhino Slider, have assembled an innovative, modular, and fully customizable shoulder stabilizer: the Rhino Rig. Since the launch of their Kickstarter campaign a week ago, the Rhino Rig has, by far, surpassed its $50,000 goal, in part because each pledge equals a preorder or part of the kit. Not only that, but they’re offering you quite a deal. So, hit the jump to check out what the Rhino Rig can do, and how much you can save by pre-ordering on Kickstarter. More »

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The Ghost StabilizerAs I’m sure we all know by now, gyro-stabilizers have been popping up left and right since the MōVI first came on the scene (as many of you predicted.) Developed by filmmaker Jesse Spaulding of SIC Visuals, the Ghost is the latest brushless gimbal camera rig, and it looks like it’s more affordable and has a longer battery life than some of the rigs that we’ve covered thus far. From the videos I’ve watched, it looks pretty solid, allowing for nice and smooth movement over difficult terrain, but this rig is only stabilized on 2 axes with a 3rd controlled manually. Does it show in the footage? More »

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DEFY G2 Gimbal from Relentless Pre-OrderThe DEFY G2 Gimbal from Relentless is a 3-axis brushless gimbal camera stabilizer that has been in development since NAB 2013 and is capable of carrying cameras up to 2 pounds, like the Panasonic GH2, GH3, and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cinema, as well as any other mirrorless or small cameras like those from Sony and Canon. Check out an introduction video below from Drew Janes where he introduces the G2 and answers some questions you might have about the stabilizer: More »

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STABiLGOI remember the first time I used a GoPro in a film. I was making a student documentary about roller derby and I got to strap one of those bad boys on the helmet of a delightful derby girl named Bullet Brains (Andromedolls fan here.) The footage was amazing because of the POV, but it was so shaky that you could barely watch it. Anyone who has ever tried to capture something on a GoPro knows this frustration, but there might be a solution to this problem: a handheld motorized GoPro stabilizer that uses a gyroscopic sensor and gimbal called STABiLGO. Hit the jump for more info. More »

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We’ve been talking a lot about Vine lately, and even Instagram’s new video feature. So many new filmmakers were born when the opportunity to make films evolved right into their already-texting fingertips. As of right now, we have the hardware (smartphones,) we have the software (video-recording/editing apps,) all we need is something that will make it all look — smooth. Enter Shoulderpod’s Mobbo and Handdo, a stabilization combination that may take your smartphone filmmaking to the next level. More »